Science Fiction & Fantasy



Editorial, May 2012

Welcome to issue twenty-four of Lightspeed!

In case you missed the news last month, Lightspeed has again been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine, and your humble editor is again up for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form). We’re all very excited to be nominated again, and we’re hugely honored to be so recognized. Thanks so much to all of you who nominated us, and congratulations to all of the other nominees.

In other news, we’re having a bit of a sale on our older ebooks; we currently have all of our 2010 issues on sale for just 99 cents. So if you haven’t already got the whole set, now would be a great time to pick up those 2010 back issues.

This month, we have original science fiction by Linda Nagata (“Nightside on Callisto”) and C. C. Finlay (“The Cross-Time Accountants Fail To Kill Hitler Because Chuck Berry Does The Twist”) and SF reprints by Nicola Griffith (“Song of Bullfrogs, Cry of Geese”) and David Langford (“Different Kinds of Darkness”).

We also have original fantasy by Dale Bailey (“The Children of Hamelin”) and Melanie Rawn (“Mother of All Russiya”), along with fantasy reprints by Catherynne M. Valente (“A Hole to China”) and the late Kage Baker (“The Ruby Incomparable”).

Our ebook-exclusive fiction this month is not a novella, but it is novella-length: It’s part one of a two-part serial–the short novel The Cosmology of the Wider World by Jeffrey Ford. Look for part one in this issue, and for the conclusion in our June issue.

In our ebook edition, we’ll also have an excerpt of Paolo Bacigalupi’s new young adult novel The Drowned Cities, plus . . .

Our issue this month is again sponsored by our friends at Orbit Books. Look for 2312, the new novel by visionary SF writer Kim Stanley Robinson, available in bookstores everywhere on May 22. (You can also read the prologue to the novel in this very issue!) You can find more from Orbit—including digital short fiction and monthly ebook deals—at

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Well, that’s all there is to report this month. Thanks for reading!

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John Joseph Adams


John Joseph Adams is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy and is the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies, including Wastelands and The Living Dead. Recent books include A People’s Future of the United States, Wastelands: The New Apocalypse, and the three volumes of The Dystopia Triptych. Called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble, John is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award (for which he has been a finalist twelve times) and an eight-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of Lightspeed and is the publisher of its sister-magazines, Fantasy and Nightmare. For five years, he ran the John Joseph Adams Books novel imprint for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Find him online at and @johnjosephadams.